Tropes, Forms, Gestures

A collection of video essays on cinematic objects, visual tropes, gestures and forms.


Watching John Ford …with Jean Epstein. Approaching the materiality of film …through the faces of its stars.

Reproduction Interdite

What is there to see when characters turn their back on us? Back views in cinema are experienced as disturbances of their visual regime. But by hiding the faces these images point towards another presence, both familiar and uncanny to us all: there’s an off-space we all carry with us but can never look at … Reproduction Interdite weiterlesen

Follow the Cat

  A cat video of a different sort. Following a cat in Alfred Hitchcock leads to other cats and other films, to radical politics and the trouble with the gaze.

Thinking in Ruptures

Reading a moment from A STAR IS BORN (USA 1954) The combination of what is irreconcilable, the transition from the self to the other, the shiver between continuity and discontinuity – that is the task of philosophy. And that is the art of one of Hollywood’s greatest philosophers: Judy Garland.  

Turning the Screw

A man is getting cornered. The past is closing in, thightening its grip… A detail in Jacques Tourneur’s „Out of the Past“ (USA 1947) becomes visible as metaphor. For the film’s story… …and it’s mise-en-scène.


An essay in (un)readability. Just one novel, filmed countless times. Just one shot, watched countless times. They make me aware of how every act of reading is threatened by its reversal, the inability to understand and how repeating the same words only long enough renders them illegible. The text and the shot, turned in my … Unfold weiterlesen